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By Irad Malkin

ISBN-10: 019973481X

ISBN-13: 9780199734818

Greek civilization and id crystallized now not while Greeks have been shut jointly but if they got here to be a ways aside. It emerged in the course of the Archaic interval whilst Greeks based coastal urban states and buying and selling stations in ever-widening horizons from the Ukraine to Spain. No heart directed their diffusion: mom towns have been a variety of and the recent settlements (»colonies») could usually engender extra settlements. The «Greek heart» used to be at sea it used to be shaped via back-ripple results of cultural convergence, following the actual divergence of self sufficient settlements. «The beaches of Greece are like hems stitched onto the lands of Barbarian peoples» (Cicero). total, and despite distance, payment practices turned Greek within the making and Greek groups way more resembled one another than any in their specific friends just like the Etruscans, Iberians, Scythians, or Libyans. The distinction among «center and outer edge» rarely mattered (all was once peri-, «around»), nor used to be a bi-polar distinction with Barbarians of a lot value.

Should we recognize the Greeks for having created their civilization even with the big distances and discontinuous territories isolating their self sustaining groups? Or did the salient elements in their civilization shape and crystallize as a result of its structure as a de-centralized community? This ebook claims that the reply lies in community attributes shaping a «Small Greek World,» the place separation is measured by way of levels of touch instead of via actual dimensions.

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It is not too difficult to describe Greek connectivity by using network terminology (all those nodes, ties, and flows overlapping). However, the goal here is to use network perspectives in order to see what otherwise might have escaped our attention. Network perspectives reveal much more about ancient mental maps of space and connectivity than modern atlases and historical maps of "ancient Greece" (see later on cognitive maps). " A network approach provides a wide-angle vision of the ancient Mediterranean.

Hl_en_GB. INTRODUCTION: NETWORKS AND HISTORY I7 specific and narrow the database, the more quantifiable would be the network, yet at the risk of losing the general civilizational implications. Among the numerous aspects of network connectivity that come to the foreground it would be possible to select the spread of literary, artistic, and architectonic styles; the (almost too obvious and often-studied) role of Panhellenic sanctuaries; the human mobility of specialists; diffusion of dialects and scripts; provenance and destiny of temple dedications; amphorae stamps; and much more.

6. Greek circ1es of identity: example of a Syracusan. implied; circ1es of identity depend on contexto FIGURE identity) No hierarchy is the networks' multidirectionality, multidimensionality, and multitemporality. We are in need of new modes of graphic representation that would avoid the more precise, yet messy, "lines connecting dots" and avoid the pitfalls of dazzling oversimplificationa" I have opted for the larger canvass of what seems to me highly probable at the risk of not presenting statistics and formulae that I am incapable of offering due to the state of our sources ofknowledge.

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